6th Annual “Supporting Individuals with Autism Disorders” Conference

Apr 06, 2024
Elizabeth Shatto Massey Honor Hall, George I. Sánchez Building
10:00 am - 5:30 pm (CST)

The Department of Special Education at the College of Education and the Special Education Endowed Excellence Fund invite you to the 6th Annual “Supporting Individuals with Autism Disorders” Conference featuring a keynote presentation with Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D. This all-day event will provide the opportunity to learn more about current research, emerging practices and hear new insights from professionals in the autism space.

Conference Schedule

10 a.m. – Noon Session 1: Research Symposium – Texas Universities Research (2 BCBA CEUs)
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch break (on your own)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Session II: Poster Session and Resource Fair
2 – 2:50 p.m. Session III: Panel: Interdisciplinary Professionals’ Perspectives (1 BCBA CEU)
3 – 4:30 p.m. Session IV: Keynote talk with Matthew Brodhead, “Ethics and Ethical Problem-Solving in Interdisciplinary Settings Serving Individuals with ASD” (1.5 BCBA CEUs)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Reception

Keynote Abstract: Professional and ethical behaviors are critical for high-quality care and student protection. By using behavioral systems in interdisciplinary settings, behavior analysts may increase the probability of educators engaging in professional and ethical behaviors. This presentation describes a systems approach to incorporate consumer choice into treatment decisions, how to monitor adverse events in behavioral treatment, and how to develop and use consumer feedback loops to improve practice and standards. Ultimately, this presentation aims to provide a pragmatic, solutions-oriented, and socially-valid approach to ethics that focuses on teaching educators “what to do” in certain situations, instead of using a punitive “how not to behave” approach for employee management.